Dawson admits it has not been easy for him under Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, who went on record saying Dawson was the club’s captain – then accepted an offer from QPR a few days later.
The defender told the Daily Star Sunday: “I turned it down because I am a fighter. I wanted to prove myself here.
“I was told I was fifth choice in defence but that was not how I looked at it. I put my head down, worked hard and got to where I am now, taking one game at a time. Andre was totally honest and I respect him for that. He told me I was fifth choice and they had agreed a deal with Rangers, then managed by Mark Hughes.
“I spoke to family and friends but in the end it was my decision to stay.
“I will have been here for eight years at the end of this month and I wasn’t going to allow it all to go that easily.
“Spurs gave me my chance in the Premier League and, despite what others wanted, I wanted to repay the club something. Would I have turned down Rangers now they are managed by Harry Redknapp?
“He was good to me, gave me confidence once more but, no, I had something to prove here. When you are happy somewhere, it makes your decision much easier. I had been through turbulent times here and I wasn’t ready to jump ship just yet.
“I have an inner belief, a need to prove myself. I never take my foot off the gas.”